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Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid) Mass Market Paperback – March 5, 2013
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"Verity is a winning protagonist, and her snarky but loving observations on her world of bogeyman strip club owners, Japanese demon badger bartenders, and dragon princess waitresses make for a delightful read." —Publishers Weekly
"McGuire returns with book two in her InCryptid series, and if you loved the wisecracking dancer-cum-monster-savior Verity Price from Discount Armageddon, it’s a good bet you’ll also love this second installment.... The developing relationship between Dominic and Verity is one to savor, by turns tender and sharp." —RT Book Reviews
"McGuire has a way with words that transports the reader into the Incryptid world and doesn't let go of you until the end.... Midnight Blue-Light Special is a fantastic read, full of action, suspense, and humor. It’s just flat-out entertaining." —Night-Owl Reviews
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Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.
Seanan's favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it's easier that way.
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It's been almost a year since the events of Discount Armageddon--and, fair warning, although it is not necessary to read the previous book to follow the events of this one, it will spoil you on some major plot twists in the first book--and Verity Price, ballroom dancer/cryptozoologist, and Dominic De Luca, Covenant operative/boyfriend (?) are still feeling things out. I must admit that I don't quite see what Verity sees in Dominic besides the fact that he's hot, but I don't look too hard at romance in fiction as long as both people like each other. And those slashes are what make this book very interesting, as both characters face internal conflicts and must make a fateful, irrevocable choice. Will Verity choose dancing or cryptozoology? Will Dominic choose the Covenant or cryptozoology? Even though the choice seemed fairly obvious, because I knew that the POV would be switching to Alex in the next book, I was not 100% sure of which way either character would go, and that was fun.
What I love about this book is that it doesn't waste any time: only a few pages in, Dominic informs Verity that the Covenant is coming to New York to check up on him and potentially begin a purge of all cryptids. There's no big mystery to solve here: basically everyone is screwed, and Verity needs to stop it. Somehow. Because evacuating all the cryptids in such a short time isn't really a conceivable option.Read more ›
Review: I didn't think the second book in the InCryptid world could top the first book, but McGuire did it again. Each page of this novel kept me hooked till the end, and left me wishing for more!
The slight problem I had with Discount Armageddon was a lot of information was thrown at the reader. In this book, the pace is a bit slowed down, and it made a difference. Don't get me wrong, the storyline was still action-packed, but the pacing of the action never felt overwhelming. I got lost in Verity's (and Sarah's) adventures. From the building hopping to Verity's romantic musings, the tale just kept moving.
The world was pretty well set up in the first book, but this book expanded on our understandings of the various cryptids. We learned that even if they look human, they may still not be mammals, and even if they don't look human, doesn't mean they lack humanity. We were introduced to some new characters, like Verity's grandmother, Uncle Mike, and some nasty Covenant members.
McGuire's characters are very rich. The Toby Daye series is a bit more serious, and subdued, and the characters are nuanced beautifully as a reflection. The InCryptid series is fast paced and lively, and the characters are just as alive (even our very rigid hero, Dominic). We see the fears and emotions of every character and interpreted as our own.Read more ›
MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL is one of those rare sequels that outshines even its predecessor, offering non-stop cryptid comedy as Verity prepares to thwart the Covenant in her own backyard. Well paced action in parallel with laugh out loud moments had me giggling, snorting, and reading excerpts to everyone within earshot.
Rather than being the type of series that continually leaves the reader hanging, it is clear that McGuire is building something here. The foundation from DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON gave context to Verity's love life, but even readers new to the InCryptid series won't have a hard time getting up to speed in this richly described supernatural world. Dominic and Verity both have some dramatic life choices to make, but those weighty issues pop up organically in a plot that mainly focuses on Verity's hilarious inner monologue regarding cryptid species' idiosyncrasies and family history. The imminent Covenant threat had all the characters out of their comfort zone, which meant introducing a carnivorous waheela to the Aeslin mice, bargaining with pregnant Dragon princesses, and strategizing on how to hide a preternatural titty bar where gorgons dance the cancan from a religious organization who has vowed to wipe all monsters from the earth. In short, awesomeness from start to finish.
In a book that lavishes attention on the characteristics of cryptids, it's clear that the Prices and Healys are their own special breed. The distinct talents of this family caused a twist I didn't expect and the Covenant conflict culminated in some significant character changes that I can't wait to follow into book three. A comprehensive field guild to the preternatural ecosystem of New York City, anyone with a taste for the weird and the clever is going to love MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL.
Sexual Content: References to sex, a non graphic sex scene.
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Great fun series if you start with #1 and enjoy a well written, youthful, carefree sense of responsibility these books are for you. Just great fun.Published 10 days ago by Cin
This was a fun book to read. Now we need a family reunion book where everyone gets together to find grandpa.Published 3 months ago by goddessIMHO
I wasn't sure in the very beginning of the series where this would go or if I'd even like it, but the worldbuilding and character development are just so good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by NCGuy
This is my third attempt at reading a Seanan McGuire book, and unfortunately I think it will be my last. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Plurabelle